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RATIONAL REVIEW NEWS DIGEST
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Volume XIII, Issue #3,106
Wednesday, January 7th, 2015
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In the News:

1) France: Ten dead in attack on satirical newspaper Charlie Hebdo
2) Ban Ki-Moon: Palestine to join International Criminal Court on April 1
3) Yemen: Car bomb kills 31 outside police college
4) Mexico: Nine die in confrontations with troops in Michoacan
5) Turkey: Female suicide bomber strikes in Istanbul, killing policeman
6) Paraguay: Officials to talk with protesters nailed to crosses
7) Despite pressure, EU’s sanctions against Russia could last
8) TX: Bill would make cowboy hat the official state headwear
9) US Navy official to change plea in bribery scheme
10) Republicans push Keystone bill, White House threatens veto
11) FL: Couples wed across state as marriage apartheid ends
12) Report: “Border Patrol” gang’s drones cost $28k for each traveler abducted
13) Bush 45? Jeb forms new PAC
14) MD: Idiot pol threatens reporter with frivolous litigation for using his name in article about him
15) VA: McDonnell sentenced to two years in prison
16) Belgium: Convicted rapist, murderer Van Den Bleeken refused “right to die”
17) US House Republicans signal “business as usual,” elect Boehner to third term as Speaker
18) Pakistan: Regime halts killing of man convicted at 14
19) US-led forces conduct airstrikes in Syria, Iraq
20) SpaceX scrubs launch to International Space Station one minute before liftoff

Everybody Has An Opinion:

21) Statelessness: They say it like it’s a bad thing
22) PBS — Propaganda B* S*
23) If the Internet becomes a public utility, you’ll pay more
24) Conservative hypocrisy on the Cuban embargo
25) The triumph of stupid
26) Liberal policies suppress wages
27) Better than new sanctions: Could Obama’s Cuba strategy work on North Korea?
28) Bryan Fischer and the gospel of genocide
29) The economics of tax dodging
30) Castro regime, not Cubans, the big winners in US-Havana deal
31) GOP 2016 demographic challenge: Even worse than you thought
32) Is the dollar really getting stronger?
33) Jeffrey Tucker: Longing for liberalism
34) Global perspectives 2015
35) Police mission: To control working class & poor people
36) This persecution of Ched Evans is medieval
37) NYPD continues to not arrest people. Are New Yorkers envying, eating the dead, yet?
38) Open enrollment in ObamaCare’s second year: Early lessons learned
39) What makes ISIS tick?
40) Will Palestine bring war crimes charges against Israel?
41) Low-level arrests in New York City dropped by 66%
42) Building a culture of liberty, part 3: Schooling
43) How one guerilla fell out of love with the Cuban revolution
44) Don’t aid and abet
45) Reese Erlich on The Scott Horton Show
46) Interview with Vin Surprynowicz, part 2
47) Eating right
48) Simply poor economic journalism
49) Lower gas prices produce higher spendable income for Missourians
50) Why Washington and Wall Street are better off living apart
51) State courts strike blows to criminal DNA collection laws in 2014 — what to look for in 2015
52) A New Year’s resolution: Become a light of liberty
53) With power of social media growing, police now monitoring and criminalizing online speech
54) Oil price blowback: Is Putin creating a new world order?
55) White house climate lunacy

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1) France: Ten dead in attack on satirical newspaper Charlie Hebdo
Source: The Globe & Mail [Canada]

“Paris police say shots have been fired at the office of French satirical newspaper Charlie Hebdo, and a witness says he saw multiple masked gunmen. A police union official in Paris says one journalist is dead and three officers have been wounded in the shooting. The official said the attackers escaped in two vehicles. French TV channel iTELE reported at least 10 people were killed in the shooting, which was firebombed in the past after publishing cartoons in 2011 joking about Muslim leaders.” (01/07/15)

http://tinyurl.com/onyr66f

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2) Ban Ki-Moon: Palestine to join International Criminal Court on April 1
Source: Jerusalem Post [Israel]

“UN Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon confirmed Tuesday that Palestine would be joining the International Criminal Court on April 1. The International Criminal Court late Monday announced that it had received documents from the [Arab] Palestinians indicating they were moving toward going after Israelis for alleged war crimes on two separate tracks. Last week, Palestinian Authority President Mahmoud Abbas signed the Rome Statute starting a countdown to when the PA could file war crimes complaints with the ICC Prosecutor’s Office asking for an investigation.” (01/07/15)

http://tinyurl.com/mj3lzns

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3) Yemen: Car bomb kills 31 outside police college
Source: Reuters

“A car bomb exploded outside a Yemeni police college in Sanaa on Wednesday, killing 31 people and wounding dozens, the interior ministry said, less than a week after a devastating suicide bombing south of the capital. Yemen’s sectarian conflict has worsened since September when the Shi’ite Muslim Houthi militia seized Sanaa, in the latest upheaval following the country’s 2011 popular uprising which led to a change of government and splits in the army.” (01/07/15)

http://tinyurl.com/lnrk9u4

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4) Mexico: Nine die in confrontations with troops in Michoacan
Source: ABC

“Federal troops and police engaged in two clashes with armed civilians in a western Mexico city Tuesday, and nine civilians were killed, the federal security commissioner for Michoacan state said. Commissioner Alfredo Castillo said the confrontations in Apatzingan began Tuesday morning when federal forces moved in to take control of city hall, which had been held for days by civilians whose demands and identities were unclear.” (01/06/15)

http://tinyurl.com/nmuronh

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5) Turkey: Female suicide bomber strikes in Istanbul, killing policeman
Source: Lexington Herald-Leader

“A female suicide bomber blew herself up at a police station in Istanbul on Tuesday, killing a policeman and wounding another, according to Turkish news agencies. Istanbul governor Vasip Sahin said the woman entered the police station and reported a missing wallet before detonating a bomb. The attack occurred in the Sultan Ahmet district, a popular tourist destination. It is the second attack on police in a week in Istanbul. On Thursday, police subdued a man after he threw grenades and fired a weapon at officers near the prime minister’s offices.” (01/06/15)

http://tinyurl.com/pfsh3vf

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6) Paraguay: Officials to talk with protesters nailed to crosses
Source: Providence Journal

“The Paraguayan government agreed Tuesday to meet with former workers who have nailed themselves to wooden crosses over a wage dispute, an increasingly common form of protest in Paraguay that has been condemned by the Roman Catholic Church but has often been successful. Four men and one woman have been nailed to crosses for several weeks and a sixth person had planned to join them Tuesday until Paraguay’s Work Ministry agreed to meet with the protesters on Jan. 26.” (01/06/15)

http://tinyurl.com/met47z8

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7) Despite pressure, EU’s sanctions against Russia could last
Source: Wheeling News-Register

“EU sanctions against Russia over the crisis in Ukraine are cutting both ways: hurting Russia as well as pinching some big European companies. But economic relief isn’t likely any time soon, diplomats and analysts say, since EU divisions make the sanctions tough to overturn. France, Germany, Russia and Ukraine are trying to set up talks next week in Astana, Kazakhstan, to ease the tensions behind the punitive measures that, along with slumping oil prices and U.S. sanctions, have sent the ruble sinking.” (01/06/15)

http://tinyurl.com/oqjykwc

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8) TX: Bill would make cowboy hat the official state headwear
Source: Raw Story

“The cowboy hat may become Texas’ official headgear if a state representative has her way. Marsha Farney, a Republican from the Austin area who proposed the bill, said when people think of Texas, they think of cowboy hats, and it makes sense to declare it the state’s official headwear. … While official state mottoes, birds, flowers, and trees are common, State Symbols USA shows no other state has an official hat.” (01/06/15)

http://tinyurl.com/ndcu4d7

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9) US Navy official to change plea in bribery scheme
Source: San Francisco Chronicle

“A change-of-plea hearing is scheduled for a U.S. Navy official charged in a massive bribery scheme in Asia. Jose Luis Sanchez has pleaded not guilty to conspiracy to commit bribery. A calendar in San Diego federal court says Sanchez will change that plea Tuesday but offers no details. Sanchez is accused of accepting bribes including prostitutes and travel for steering Navy ships to Leonard Glenn Francis, chief executive of a Singapore-based company that provided services to vessels at ports. Francis has pleaded not guilty.” (01/06/15)

http://tinyurl.com/plne2wh

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10) Republicans push Keystone bill, White House threatens veto
Source: Reuters

“Republican senators kicked off the new U.S. Congress with legislation to approve the Keystone XL pipeline to bring oil from Canada, but the White House promptly threatened a veto. With Republicans assuming full control of Congress on Tuesday after victories in the November elections, they have put Keystone at the center of their agenda and plan weeks of debate. They believe that the public spotlight on Keystone will pressure President Barack Obama to eventually approve the project. The White House was adamant that Obama would not sign the Keystone bill.” [editor’s note: At last, an actual showdown looms … perhaps – SAT] (01/06/15)

http://tinyurl.com/q6ab4ve

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11) FL: Couples wed across state as marriage apartheid ends
Source: USA Today

“Florida’s ban on same-sex marriage ended statewide at the stroke of midnight Monday, and officials expecting big crowds at local courthouses were not disappointed. U.S. District Judge Robert L. Hinkle’s ruling Monday that Florida’s same-sex marriage ban is unconstitutional took effect in all 67 counties. Florida’s attorney general, Pam Bondi, is still pursuing state and federal appeals seeking to uphold the ban voters approved in 2008, but her effort to block these weddings until the courts finally rule was denied by the U.S. Supreme Court.” (01/06/15)

http://tinyurl.com/ory46nh

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12) Report: “Border Patrol” gang’s drones cost $28k for each traveler abducted
Source: Arizona Republic

“Customs and Border Protection’s drone program, meant to catch people and drugs crossing the border illegally [sic], costs far more than the agency claims and doesn’t work well enough to justify spending more money on it without further study, according to a report released Tuesday by the Department of Homeland Security’s Office of Inspector General. … In fiscal 2013, CBP spent nearly $63 million on its drone program, OIG said, most of that along the Arizona and Texas borders. CBP attributed 2,722 apprehensions to the drones; in effect, the drone program cost nearly $28,000 for each illegal [sic] crosser apprehended.” (01/06/15)

http://tinyurl.com/okdkeay

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13) Bush 45? Jeb forms new PAC
Source: Kansas City Star

“Former Florida Gov. Jeb Bush on Tuesday announced the formation of a political action committee designed to lay the groundwork for a 2016 presidential campaign. In a video posted in English and Spanish on Facebook, the Republican said that the ‘Right to Rise PAC’ will allow him to ‘support candidates who believe in conservative principles to allow all Americans to rise up.’ An aide confirmed that the organization also allows Bush to hire staff, conduct polling, and pay for travel as he courts key donors and Republican officials across the country.” (01/06/15)

http://tinyurl.com/pfv5ljz

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14) MD: Idiot pol threatens reporter with frivolous litigation for using his name in article about him
Source: Frederick News-Post

“Frederick County Councilman Kirby Delauter wrote on social media that he plans to sue The Frederick News-Post if his name or any reference to him appears in print without his permission. In a Facebook status posted Saturday, Delauter said he was upset with reporter Bethany Rodgers for ‘an unauthorized use of my name and my reference in her article’ published Jan. 3 about his and Councilman Billy Shreve’s concerns over County Council parking spaces. … ‘Use my name again unauthorized and you’ll be paying for an Attorney,’ Delauter wrote. ‘Your rights stop where mine start.’ Delauter did not respond to multiple calls for comment Monday.” [editor’s note: The stupid … it hurts! … – TLK] (01/06/15)

http://tinyurl.com/pvxjt5p

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15) VA: McDonnell sentenced to two years in prison
Source: Politico

“Former Virginia Gov. Bob McDonnell was sentenced Tuesday to 24 months in prison followed by two years of supervised release as punishment for his convictions on 11 charges of public corruption, a significantly shorter sentence than what prosecutors had pushed for. … McDonnell and his wife, Maureen, were convicted of corruption charges in September, following a highly emotional trial filled with testimony about their rocky marriage. Bob McDonnell was convicted by a jury on 11 charges, while his wife was convicted on eight. Maureen McDonnell, who was present at the court Tuesday, is to be sentenced next month.” (01/06/15)

http://tinyurl.com/kuhs4r8

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16) Belgium: Convicted rapist, murderer Van Den Bleeken refused “right to die”
Source: BBC News [UK state media]

“A Belgian man serving a life sentence for rape and murder will not be allowed to have doctors end his life as he has requested, the justice minister says. Koen Geens said he was respecting the latest medical advice of doctors treating Frank Van den Bleeken, who is unable to control violent sexual urges. Van den Bleeken will be moved to a new psychiatric treatment centre, he added. Belgium is one of three European countries that allows euthanasia for terminally ill people. But Van den Bleeken’s case is the first involving a prisoner since the assisted dying law was introduced 12 years ago.” (01/06/15)

http://www.bbc.com/news/world-europe-30699780

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17) US House Republicans signal “business as usual,” elect Boehner to third term as Speaker
Source: Fox News

“Speaker John Boehner beat back a conservative challenge to win a third term at the helm of the House on Tuesday, as he joined Mitch McConnell in presiding over the first Republican-controlled Congress in nearly a decade. … Boehner was elected speaker with 216 votes, slightly more than the majority needed to clinch the post. Three conservative lawmakers — Reps. Louie Gohmert, R-Texas,; Ted Yoho, R-Fla.; and Daniel Webster, R-Fla. — were put forward as challengers, and more than a dozen Republicans defected to support them and others. Democrats mostly voted for California Rep. Nancy Pelosi, the minority leader.” (01/06/15)

http://tinyurl.com/luuersg

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18) Pakistan: Regime halts killing of man convicted at 14
Source: NBC News

“For the second time in as many years, Shafqat Hussain was told to prepare for execution. But growing outcry over the death sentence handed down to the then-14-year-old whose body still bears scars from torture may have earned Hussain a second last-minute reprieve. Hussain was arrested in 2004 at the age of 14, and convicted by a Pakistani anti-terrorism court of kidnapping and killing a child — charges later reduced to involuntary manslaughter. Rights groups say that Hussain was innocent and that his ‘confession’ came after nine days o[f] torture by electrocutions, beatings and more.” (01/06/15)

http://tinyurl.com/qgdvz8m

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19) US-led forces conduct airstrikes in Syria, Iraq
Source: Reuters

“U.S.-led forces conducted 10 air strikes against Islamic State in Syria, mostly targeting the contested city of Kobani, and two strikes in Iraq since Monday, the U.S. military said.” (01/06/15)

http://tinyurl.com/m5jbnz4

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20) SpaceX scrubs launch to International Space Station one minute before liftoff
Source: ABC News

“With one minute left on the countdown, SpaceX scrubbed its flight to the International Space Station this morning because of rocket trouble. Elon Musk, CEO of the private space flight company that is contracted by NASA, tweeted that the next attempt for the history-making mission will be Friday at 5 a.m.” (01/05/15)

http://tinyurl.com/ljsop2f

***** Everybody Has An Opinion *****

21) Statelessness: They say it like it’s a bad thing
Source: Center for a Stateless Society
by Thomas L Knapp

“Last November, the United Nations High Commission for Refugees (UNHCR) launched a ten-year drive to end ‘the scourge of statelessness.’ In December, UNHCR Senior Regional Protection Officer on Statelessness Emmanuelle Mitte appealed to journalists (in west Africa and worldwide) to promote the effort, citing the press’s ‘responsibility to carry out advocacy, and sensitisation on the issue.’ But the campaign, starting with its name (‘I Belong’), tells us more than its creators and promoters might want us to know about the relationship between the UN, political governments and those they govern.” (01/06/15)

http://c4ss.org/content/34770

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22) PBS — Propaganda B* S*
Source: J Neil Schulman @ Rational Review
by J Neil Schulman

“Suppose PBS’s Frontline producers wanted to do a show about the use of automobiles in America, and showed only a Red Asphalt type of gruesome vehicular fatalities — never mentioning even for a second all the times people got where they were going safely, usefully, and conveniently. Suppose there wasn’t a single example in this documentary about the use of automobiles in getting to work or going on a family vacation. Further suppose that the documentary juxtaposed these obviously destructive automotive death traps with profiles of the American Automobile Association and their powerful Washington lobbyists? Would one reasonably conclude we were seeing a one-sided propaganda piece?” (01/07/15)

http://jneilschulman.rationalreview.com/2015/01/pbs-propaganda-bs/

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23) If the Internet becomes a public utility, you’ll pay more
Source: Reuters
by Grover G. Norquist & Patrick Gleason

“The Federal Communications Commission is in the middle of a high-stakes decision that could raise taxes for close to 90 percent of Americans. The commission is considering whether to reclassify broadband as a telecommunications service and, in doing so, Washington would trigger new taxes and fees at the state and local level. The agency would like to make Internet service a public utility, placing broadband under Title II regulation of the Communications Act of 1934. This move would make broadband subject to New Deal-era regulation, and have significant consequences for U.S. taxpayers.” (01/06/15)

http://tinyurl.com/qjxt6ca

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24) Conservative hypocrisy on the Cuban embargo
Source: Future of Freedom Foundation
by Jacob G Hornberger

“We are witnessing classic conservative hypocrisy with their predictable opposition to the lifting of the 54-year-old U.S. embargo against Cuba. That includes many Latin American conservatives who have come to view the U.S. government as their ‘papasito’ and who are now lamenting that the U.S. government might no longer be intervening on their behalf in Cuba. Let’s count five ways that conservative hypocrisy is manifesting itself.” (01/06/15)

http://fff.org/2015/01/06/conservative-hypocrisy-cuban-embargo/

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25) The triumph of stupid
Source: Antiwar.com
by Justin Raimondo

“Has anyone noticed how stupid everything is getting? Now of course it could be that I’m just getting crankier as I get older, but I could swear the intelligence level of the political class is dropping precipitously. The evidence seems overwhelming: Exhibit #1 — Marco Rubio’s December 31 interview with the New York Times, wherein the following exchange occurred …” (01/07/15)

http://original.antiwar.com/justin/2015/01/06/the-triumph-of-stupid/

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26) Liberal policies suppress wages
Source: USA Today
by James Sherk

“Americans of all income levels would benefit from faster economic growth that raises wages. Unfortunately, wages are being held back by the very policies supported by those criticizing slow wage growth. Liberals across the country supported the misnamed Affordable Care Act (aka Obamacare). The law’s mandates have made health coverage more expensive for both individuals and businesses. However, it has not made those businesses any more profitable, or their workers any more productive.” (01/05/15)

http://tinyurl.com/o4jwtus

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27) Better than new sanctions: Could Obama’s Cuba strategy work on North Korea?
Source: Cato Institute
by Ted Galen Carpenter

“President Obama’s decision to restore diplomatic relations with Cuba was a wise and courageous exercise of leadership. His action marked the first stage toward ending a policy that had been a spectacular failure for more than half a century. That move, along with the ongoing dialogue with Iran, also reflects a refreshing willingness to engage adversaries instead of trying to isolate them. The isolation strategy has rarely worked; Washington’s frustrating experience regarding Communist China in the 1950s and 1960s, Vietnam from the mid-1970s to the mid-1990s and Iran until the past year or so underscore the futile, counterproductive nature of such a surly strategy. But instead of pursuing a policy of engagement, Obama is moving in the opposite direction regarding North Korea.” (01/06/15)

http://tinyurl.com/kd43p6v

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28) Bryan Fischer and the gospel of genocide
Source: Pro Libertate
by William Norman Grigg

“Proudly and expansively ignorant of 19th Century U.S. history, Fischer either doesn’t understand, or doesn’t care, that asserting ‘sovereign control’ over the Indians required the systematic destruction of family cohesion in order to make them dependent on the State. Nor does he seem to recognize the fact that the murderous hypocrisy exhibited by the ‘Christian’ conquerors alienated Indians from the faith — including more than a few who had initially received the gospel with gratitude. … Summarizing the views of Bryan Fischer’s spiritual forebears, historian Roy Harvey Pearce points out that once the Indian had been dismissed as a subhuman savage, his very right to life was subject to the whim of his conqueror: ‘Save him, and you save one of Satan’s victims; destroy him, and you destroy one of Satan’s partisans.’ In any case, the moral blame for the bloody deed couldn’t be assigned to those who were merely carrying out a divine commission.” (01/05/15)

http://tinyurl.com/lzhjm8t

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29) The economics of tax dodging
Source: EconLog
by Pierre Lemieux

“Dodging taxes can take two forms: ‘tax avoidance,’ which is legal, as it uses loopholes included (often intentionally) in tax laws; and ‘tax evasion,’ which is illegal. The multifaceted campaign against tax dodging targets both individuals and corporations. Ultimately, of course, only individuals pay taxes. Is dodging taxes bad? And what explains the recent government outcry? To answer these questions, we need to inquire into the consequences of tax dodging. These consequences, in turn, depend on how government works.” (01/05/15)

http://www.econlib.org/library/Columns/y2015/Lemieuxtaxdodging.html

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30) Castro regime, not Cubans, the big winners in US-Havana deal
Source: Independent Institute
by Alvaro Vargas Llosa

“Any deal between the United States and Cuba ought to aim at maximizing economic freedom, handing the communist regime only the political benefits that are inevitable, and facilitating the growth of the still embryonic civil society on the island. Unfortunately, President Barack Obama’s ‘normalization’ of relations with Cuba will have only a tiny economic impact on the people and bring the Castro dictatorship political and financial benefits. … The substance of the new agreement is that the Cuban hierarchy is now recognized as part of the civilized community of states and will be granted access to foreign exchange at a time when the Venezuelan subsidy is in grave peril due to that country’s economic collapse. No political change is even insinuated in the accords; the Cuban people will at best pick up a few economic crumbs spilled on the floor by their masters.” (01/05/15)

http://www.independent.org/newsroom/article.asp?id=5262

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31) GOP 2016 demographic challenge: Even worse than you thought
Source: The American Prospect
by Paul Waldman

“There are reasons to be at least a little skeptical of the demography-is-destiny argument about presidential politics, which says that given the increasing minority population, it will be all but impossible for Republicans to win the White House any time soon. Most importantly, the argument rests on Republicans’ continued eagerness to alienate minorities, particularly Latinos, which is quite likely but by no means certain. … But there’s an interesting study released today by the Center for American Progress’s Patrick Oakford that runs through some scenarios for 2016 that any Republican ought to find utterly terrifying.” (01/06/15)

http://tinyurl.com/pcs6n8x

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32) Is the dollar really getting stronger?
Source: Libertarian Alliance
by Don Hank

“You’ve probably heard that the dollar is getting stronger these days. Short sighted investors are pretending this means that the USD will never fall as long as they walk the earth. They look at this short term growth in the dollar against other deeply troubled currencies and crow that the good old USA is as sound economically as ever. Further, they bad mouth perceptive deep economic analysts like Tyler Durden, for example, calling them every foul name in the book, but — aside from supplying short term charts and out-of-date commentaries — without providing a single fact to prove that those analysts are wrong.” (01/06/15)

http://tinyurl.com/ldq3jkx

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33) Jeffrey Tucker: Longing for liberalism
Source: ChristopherCantwell.com
by Christopher Cantwell

“In an article posted last Friday at the Foundation for Economic Education, Jeffrey Tucker announced a New Year’s resolution so corny it could constipate the Jolly Green Giant. Before you ask, no, it wasn’t to stop drinking Bourbon for Breakfast, or to upgrade his bow tie, it was far,far worse. Jeffrey Tucker wants to ‘take back’ the word liberal.” (01/05/15)

http://tinyurl.com/lxhed5x

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34) Global perspectives 2015
Source: The Cagle Post
by Paresh Nath

Cartoon., (01/05/15)

http://www.cagle.com/2015/01/global-perspectives-2015/

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35) Police mission: To control working class & poor people
Source: In These Times
by Sam Mitrani

“In most of the liberal discussions of the recent police killings of unarmed black men, there is an underlying assumption that the police are supposed to protect and serve the population. That is, after all, what they were created to do. If only the normal, decent relations between the police and the community could be re-established, this problem could be resolved. Poor people in general are more likely to be the victims of crime than anyone else, this reasoning goes, and in that way, they are in more need than anyone else of police protection. Maybe there are a few bad apples, but if only the police weren’t so racist, or didn’t carry out policies like stop-and-frisk, or weren’t so afraid of black people, or shot fewer unarmed men, they could function as a useful service that we all need.” (01/06/15)

http://tinyurl.com/o6ndcwo

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36) This persecution of Ched Evans is medieval
Source: spiked
by Luke Gittos

“Such is the world we live in, it seems all our ideas of rehabilitation can be swept away by a rabble-rousing, web-based lynch mob. Of course, everyone purports to respect people’s right to move on. Campaigners to keep Evans off the pitch will often argue that they would support him were he to move on in the way that they want him to — that is, as long as he accepts his guilt, apologises to his victim, and gets a new job out of the public eye. But this is not the point of rehabilitation. It’s not the point of due process. It should not fall to the Twittersphere, bullying police and crime commissioners, or even private companies, to dictate how Evans moves on.” (01/06/15)

http://tinyurl.com/kou98ml

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37) NYPD continues to not arrest people. Are New Yorkers envying, eating the dead, yet?
Source: Reason
by Scott Shackford & Jason Keisling

“Last week, when I made note of the first week of the ‘work stoppage,’ I added that the city would take a revenue hit when the police don’t go around enforcing traffic laws and various petty misdemeanors. In this latest Times story, a president of one police union said that 911 calls are being responded to, but there were much fewer fines. ‘That’s one of those things that will correct itself, I’m sure,’ he said. If the union president is saying that the situation will correct itself once the city realizes what it’s losing, actually maybe they should check some numbers. I originally thought it was a little bit silly for the New York Police Department to attempt to take a ‘starve the beast’ tactic against its own employers. After all, in many cities, public safety departments are their largest expenses. They are the hungry belly of the beast.” (01/05/15)

http://tinyurl.com/pm3v5qm

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38) Open enrollment in ObamaCare’s second year: Early lessons learned
Source: National Center for Policy Analysis
by John R Graham

“On November 15, Obamacare’s second enrollment season opened. Applicants who wanted coverage starting on January 1 had to apply by December 15. Now that the New Year is upon us, we can take three early lessons away from the first six weeks of open enrollment …” (01/05/15)

http://tinyurl.com/mwcnbq8

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39) What makes ISIS tick?
Source: Antiwar.com
by Ivan Eland

“According to the New York Times, Maj. Gen. Michael K. Nagata, the commander of American Special Operations forces in the Middle East, is trying to figure out why the brutal Islamic State of Iraq and Syria (ISIS) is such a dynamic force in Iraq and Syria, but has been flummoxed. The general’s band of graybeards couldn’t seem to figure out what appeals to young radical Islamists who are migrating to ISIS’s war in those two countries from around the world. The aim is to learn about the appeal of the group to counter it with American counter-propaganda. The problem with this effort, like those of all of the other bunches of smart people convened by the U.S. government on Islamist terrorism, is that it can only go so far in criticizing its employer’s polices toward the Islamic world.” (01/06/15)

http://original.antiwar.com/eland/2015/01/05/what-makes-isis-tick/

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40) Will Palestine bring war crimes charges against Israel?
Source: The Nation
by Salma Karmi-Ayyoub

“On January 2, in a long-awaited move, the Palestinian Authority formally submitted its application to the UN secretary general to join the International Criminal Court. Membership in the ICC is an important step, as the Court will now be able to investigate and prosecute serious war crimes committed by Israelis (as well as Palestinians) on Palestinian territory. The move was also unexpected, in view of the fact that until now, the PA’s policy has been to use the threat of membership as leverage in negotiations with Israel.” (01/06/15)

http://tinyurl.com/oj4m25q

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41) Low-level arrests in New York City dropped by 66%
Source: Students For Liberty
by Juliana Perciavalle

“Unless you’ve been under a rock for the past couple of weeks, you know about the massive protests that have been going on all over urban centers in the country as a response to grand juries in Ferguson and Staten Island’s failure to indict the officers responsible for the deaths of two black men. Unsurprisingly, these people who stir the pot have been depicted in a negative light. Many who agree with their sentiments deride protesting as a way to create change. That notion has been turned on its head in a way. I should say that I don’t support murdering random cops like Rafael Ramos and Wenjian Liu, nor do I think that’s a viable solution to police violence, but this event clearly struck a chord for police officers as to how they handle their jobs.” (01/05/15)

http://tinyurl.com/lx8khem

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42) Building a culture of liberty, part 3: Schooling
Source: Everything Voluntary
by Skyler J Collins

“Schooling is the typical next step in a person’s life, and the socialization that occurs in school is quite ill-suited to building a culture of liberty. That’s the intent, actually. Modern schooling was founded in Prussia as a means to socialize children into the acceptance of state authority (always illegitimate) and a life of subservience to parents, opinion makers, educators, bureaucrats, and bosses. The brilliance of schooling in this regard was not lost on the rest of the world’s ruling class. It quickly spread to every country on earth. Today, schooling is touted as a child’s right and necessary for becoming a functional adult. But everything about school is antithetical to building a culture of liberty.” (01/05/15)

http://tinyurl.com/lk2wllh

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43) How one guerilla fell out of love with the Cuban revolution
Source: The Canal
by Mariela Palma Cambronero

“Comandante Huber Matos (1918-2014) was a key figure in the Cuban revolution. He collaborated in the coup against the government of Fulgencio Batista (1952-59) and gave vital support to Fidel Castro, supplying him with arms and ammunition to overthrow the dictator. But as the revolution moved towards communism, Matos was disenchanted. He’d supported the struggle in the name of democracy, but the Castro-led leadership had abandoned any such ideas.” (01/05/15)

http://tinyurl.com/k4kw9rm

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44) Don’t aid and abet
Source: Common Sense
by Paul Jacob

“Some countries are ratcheting up their regulation of foreign Internet companies. These efforts, a New York Times article explains, ‘increasingly’ oblige firms like Google, Facebook and Twitter to mull ‘which laws and orders to comply with,’ which to resist. The juggling act is nothing new. Cyber-companies have always wrung their hands about which tyrannical demands to obey.” (01/06/15)

http://thisiscommonsense.com/2015/01/06/dont-aid-and-abet/

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45) Reese Erlich on The Scott Horton Show
Source: The Scott Horton Show

“Reese Erlich, a freelance foreign correspondent and author of Inside Syria: the Backstory of Their Civil War and What the World Can Expect, discusses why the new Iraq War is doomed; how the Islamic State has ensured its own eventual destruction; and why war hawks shouldn’t count on the US antiwar movement remaining dormant much longer.” [Flash audio or MP3] (01/04/15)

http://scotthorton.org/interviews/2015/01/04/10415-reese-erlich/

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46) Interview with Vin Surprynowicz, part 2
Source: Living Freedom
by Claire Wolfe

Suprynowicz: Eager young Libertarians are convinced if we just find the right candidate, the right slogan, paint enough yard signs, the American people will hear the message of less government and more freedom and we’re going to turn this thing around. But of course the great strategy of the socialists to see to it the majority of Americans either receive government benefits or get paid more than $100,000 a year to ADMINISTER government benefits has finally succeeded, so it’s now true that if voting could change anything they’d ban it.” (01/05/15)

http://tinyurl.com/k8calzd

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47) Eating right
Source: Foundation for Economic Education
by Wendy McElroy

“Food has always been political. Throughout history, armies have razed crops and demographics have shifted in response to hunger. Political correctness now drives the civics of food with bountiful nations attempting to dictate what people can eat and how much. Why? For their own good.” (01/06/15)

http://fee.org/freeman/detail/eating-right

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48) Simply poor economic journalism
Source: Cafe Hayek
by Don Boudreaux

“Flaws galore infect Steven Pearlstein’s case for raising the minimum wage (‘Big strides could come from a small bump in pay,’ Jan. 5) — that is, his case for government intervention to strip low-skilled workers of the most valuable of the few bargaining chips they have when competing for employment, namely, their ability to offer to work for hourly pay below that of other, more qualified workers who are paid the government-stipulated minimum. Mr. Pearlstein calls government’s practice of robbing workers of this bargaining chip ‘justice;’ I call it injustice, because it is theft of an option that many of the most disadvantaged workers must exercise if they are to find jobs.” (01/05/15)

http://cafehayek.com/2015/01/simply-poor-economic-journalism.html

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49) Lower gas prices produce higher spendable income for Missourians
Source: Show-Me Institute
by Rik Hafer

“I hope you enjoyed the extra (and unexpected) gift of lower gas prices this recent holiday season! According to GasBuddy.com, gas prices in Missouri averaged about $1.90 a gallon during the first week of 2015. This is significantly below the January 2014 average of about $3.00. How does this drop in gas prices translate into spendable income for the average Missouri household? To answer that question we need to make some assumptions.” (01/05/15)

http://tinyurl.com/ntvcnvh

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50) Why Washington and Wall Street are better off living apart
Source: Future of Freedom Foundation

“On December 18, 2014 John Tamny delivered this talk to a private audience at The Future of Freedom Foundation.” [Flash video] (posted 01/06/15)

http://tinyurl.com/otsdgh7

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51) State courts strike blows to criminal DNA collection laws in 2014 — what to look for in 2015
Source: Electronic Frontier Foundation
by Jennifer Lynch

“2014 was a banner year for DNA cases. In the wake of Maryland v. King — the 2013 U.S. Supreme Court case upholding warrantless, suspicionless DNA collection from arrestees under Maryland state law — the constitutionality of DNA collection in the criminal context has continued to present challenging issues for courts. Many of the courts that addressed DNA collection in 2014 followed the Supreme Court’s reasoning in King and held that DNA profiling upon arrest is a means of ‘identification’ because it might help law enforcement to learn about a person’s past criminal behavior …” (01/05/15)

http://tinyurl.com/kahl6p3

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52) A New Year’s resolution: Become a light of liberty
Source: The Daily Bell
by Richard M Ebeling

“With the beginning of 2015, what might be a ‘New Year’s resolution’ for a friend of freedom? I would suggest that one answer is for each of us to do our best to become ‘lights of liberty’ that will attract others to the cause of freedom and the free society.” (01/06/15)

http://tinyurl.com/nkgmynt

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53) With power of social media growing, police now monitoring and criminalizing online speech
Source: The Intercept
by Glenn Greenwald

“Despite frequent national boasting of free speech protections, the U.S. has joined, and sometimes led, the trend to monitor and criminalize online political speech. The DOJ in 2011 prosecuted a 24-year-old Pakistani resident of the U.S., Jubair Ahmad, on terrorism charges for uploading a 5-minute video to YouTube featuring photographs of Abu Ghraib abuses, video of American armored trucks exploding, and prayer messages about ‘jihad’ from the leader of a designated terror group; he was convicted and sent to prison for 12 years. The same year, the DOJ indicted a 22-year-old Penn State student for, among other things, posting justifications of attacks on the U.S. to a ‘jihadi forum;’ the speech offender, Emerson Winfield Begolly, was sentenced to 8 1/2 years in prison. …As is true for all War on Terror abuses, this American version of criminalizing speech is spreading far beyond its original application, and is increasingly applied domestically. Anti-police messages are now being subjected to the same criminalizing treatment as anti-military and anti-U.S.-foreign-policy ideas.” (01/06/15)

http://tinyurl.com/qy6e9th

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54) Oil price blowback: Is Putin creating a new world order?
Source: CounterPunch
by Mike Whitney

“It’s hard to know which country is going to suffer the most from falling oil prices. Up to now, of course, Russia, Iran and Venezuela have taken the biggest hit, but that will probably change as time goes on. What the Obama administration should be worried about is the second-order effects that will eventually show up in terms of higher unemployment, market volatility, and wobbly bank balance sheets. That’s where the real damage is going to crop up because that’s where red ink and bad loans can metastasize into a full-blown financial crisis.” (01/06/15)

http://tinyurl.com/kzuomb9

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55) White house climate lunacy
Source: Heartland Institute
by Nikki Comerford

“As January 2014 arrived with a blast of cold air ominously dubbed the ‘polar vortex,’ the White House released a video in which the Chief Science Advisor to President Obama, Dr. John Holdren, managed to get on both sides of it, declaring the ‘extreme cold’ to be ‘a pattern that we expect to see with increasing frequency as global warming continues.’ How the Earth is getting both colder and warmer at the same time defies reality, but that is of little concern to Dr. Holdren and, indeed, the entire global warming — now called climate change — hoax.” [editor’s note: “Local weather” and “global climate” are not the same thing. I don’t necessarily know that “global warming” predictors did predict this “polar vortex” stuff, but they do predict that, for example, England will get much colder if global temperatures increase because that global increase will disrupt the “jet stream” current that makes England fairly temperate – TLK] (01/05/15)

http://blog.heartland.org/2015/01/white-house-climate-lunacy/

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